IPL 2021: PBKS vs KKR, Probable Playing XIs, Head-to-head count for Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders encounter

PBKS vs KKR – The Kolkata Knight Riders are hanging at the bottom of the points table after their six wicket loss by the hands of Rajasthan Royals.

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Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders :

The Kolkata Knight Riders luck has gone from bad to worse in the Indian Premier League 2021. The Eoin Morgan led side is currently languishing at the bottom of the points table with a net run rate of -0.675, following their six wicket defeat by Rajasthan Royals on Saturday, April 24.

The PBKS, on the other hand, would be high on adrenaline as they beat the five time champions, Mumbai Indians in their previous game by nine wickets. They were left still with 14 balls at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. KL Rahul and Co would now looking forward to start their winning way.

PROBABLE PLAYING XIs

Punjab Kings

KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, Moises Henriques, Shahrukh Khan, Fabian Allen, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi

Bench: Mandeep Singh, Dawid Malan, Sarfaraz Khan, Harpreet Brar, Saurabh Kumar, Prabhsimran Singh, Ishan Porel, Chris Jordan, Utkarsh Singh, Riley Meredith, Jalaj Saxena, Jhye Richardson, Murugan Ashwin

Kolkata Knight Riders

Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi

Bench: Karun Nair, Gurkeerat Mann Singh, Venkatesh Iyer, Ben Cutting, Pawan Negi, Sheldon Jackson, Tim Seifert, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Vaibhav Arora, Sandeep Warrier, Harbhajan Singh, Shakib Al Hasan, Kamlesh Nagarkoti

Head-to-Head

Overall

Played – 27 | Punjab Kings– 9 | Kolkata Knight Riders– 18 |N/R – 0

At neutral venues

Played – 9 | Punjab Kings – 3 | Kolkata Knight Riders – 6 |N/R – 0

PROBABLE BEST BATSMAN OF THE MATCH

KL Rahul – Punjab Kings

KL Rahul has decent numbers against the Kolkata Knight Riders. In total nine innings, the right handed batsman has notched 297 runs at an average rate of 37.13. The Punjab Kings skipper also has four half centuries under his belt with an unbeaten 74. In the ongoing league, he has scored 221 runs at an average and strike rate of 55.25 and 133.13 respectively.

Varun Chakravarthy – Kolkata Knight Riders

Varun Chakravarthy has been indeed the shining one in the disappointing KKR bowling unit. He has picked up six wickets from five games at an economy rate of 8.05. Against PBKS, he could improve his numbers. In eight overs, he has picked up only one wicket at a rate of 7.63. If KKR wants to make a good impression, Varun Chakravarthy might want to warm up more.

Match Prediction : The team bowling first to win the match.

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